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Ken Burns "In Tears" at Posthumous Hall of Fame Induction of Negro League Star Buck O'Neil

Ken Burns fought back tears as he celebrated Buck O’Neil being elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.

The legendary O’Neil, who died in 2006 at age 94, was a champion of Black ballplayers during his historic eight-decade career. Thus, he was featured heavily in Burns’ 1994 Baseball docuseries.

“I’m near tears,” Burns said in a video he posted after the HOF announcement Sunday. “Fifteen years ago, when Buck was still alive, he should have been leading the class that got it. And he didn’t. He died shortly thereafter. And now, he’s in. He’s one of the greatest people I’ve ever met on this planet; one of the best human beings, a great ambassador of baseball. And we’re just so happy and pleased. And I know that somewhere, Buck is in an even bigger hall of fame.”

Read entire article at Hollywood Reporter